Zunum Aero, a hybrid-electric aircraft startup with financial backing from Boeing and JetBlue Airways, just announced details about its first planned aircraft and a timeline for development. Zunum hopes to start selling a 12-passenger commuter plane with hybrid-electric propulsion by 2022, according to Aviation Week.
Green aviation is an umbrella term aimed at encompassing environmental improvements to the field of aerospace. These include reductions in emissions and noise, improvements to fuel efficiency and the introduction of technologies for improved efficiency.
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Virgin Australia chief John Borghetti thinks the future of aviation innovation lies with improving speed, not distance. Speaking at the Safeskies Conference in Canberra last week, Borghetti said that he thought that supersonic aircraft could be deployed in commercial fleets within the decade, reports The Australian.
Les avions électriques offrent des vols plus silencieux mais de grands défis à franchir avant d'être opérationnels
Attracted by the low weight and cost of electric motors compared with gas turbine jet engines, and particularly by their near-silent operation and potential for zero emissions, the civil aviation sector is showing increasing interest in using electricity to power future flight, at least over the relatively short distances that dominate city-to-city aviation.
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Could the end be near for passenger flights on four-engine jets? That’s a question Boeing and Airbus may soon have to answer as sales of their four-engine passenger planes languish at the world’s two biggest airline manufacturers.
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The global aircraft fuel cell market is witnessing rapid growth in recent years. Rising population coupled with increasing disposable income raises business activity, thus accelerating demand for air travel.
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Le pilote d’un Airbus A380 de la compagnie Emirates a réalisé un atterrissage des plus compliqués alors que l’appareil était secoué par la tempête Xavier, qui a balayé le nord et l’est de Allemagne jeudi.
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The Kirkland-based startup claimed its planes could fly to Whistler for $79 one way in under two hours. The company is also making a military and self-flying variants of its airplane.
Boeing has rolled out the first Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-equipped 787-10 built for Singapore Airlines at its final assembly facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, the company announced Tuesday. The airplane will now undergo painting of the airline’s livery and begin its system checks, fueling and engine runs.
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If World War I showed the nations of the world how the airplane could vault over ground emplacements to strike at an enemy, the combatants also came to appreciate the efficacy of using aircraft as ambulances to surmount obstacles and save precious time flying away from the fray.
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